GS Paper I- Indian Heritage and Culture.

AR Rahman Named Brand Ambassador Of Sikkim.

Background

  • Music maestro A R Rahman was named the official brand ambassador of Sikkim at a function on 9th January, 2018.
  • Extending a warm welcome to Rahman at the opening ceremony of the Sikkim Red Panda Winter Carnival, Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said he was grateful to the musician for accepting his proposal.
  • The Grammy winner, on his part, said it was a privilege and honour for him to be declared the brand ambassador of the north-eastern state.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim was an example of tolerance, compassion, peace, integrity and communal harmony for the rest of the country, Rahman added.
  • The musician, who arrived in Sikkim on 8th January evening on his maiden visit to the state, said he was thrilled to see the excitement among the audience at the Paljor stadium.
  • Listing the initiatives taken by the Sikkim government to preserve the environment, Chamling urged the people to maintain the beauty of the state. He also enumerated the national and international accolades the state has received as an eco-friendly tourism destination.
  • The much-awaited annual winter carnival, organised by the state tourism and civil aviation department, will have performances by renowned singers and bands from different parts of the country over the next 10 days.
  • Rahman, who is also referred to as the “Mozart of Madras“, said he had found his long lost brothers and sisters here, 2,300 km away from home.

Sources- The Quint.

 

GS Paper II- Governance.

India’s Second FTII To Be Set Up In Arunachal Pradesh.

Background

  • Arunachal Pradesh would get its first Film and Television Institute, being set up by the Union Government as part of tapping the potential of the Northeastern region, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on 6th January , 2018.
  • This would be the second such one in the country. The first Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) was set up in Pune, an autonomous institute operating under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • Dr. Singh said he learnt that only two film shootings had taken place in Arunachal Pradesh in the last few decades as the requisite infrastructure for film shootings and storing the equipment was not there in that State.
  • He said the south Indian film industry could take the lead in giving a fillip to the FTII there by shooting films in that State.
  • Dr. Singh was speaking at a conference ‘Indian Entertainment Industry: Global Leader in Making’ organised by Bharat Niti and South India Film Chamber of Commerce.

Sources- The Hindu.

 

GS Paper III- Security, Technology.

UIDAI Introduces 2-Tier Security To Aadhaar To Address Privacy Concerns.

 

Background

  • In the wake of a report of an alleged breach of the Aadhaar database published in a newspaper last week, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has rolled out a new two-tier security process that will come into effect from June 1, 2018.
  • Aimed at eliminating the need to share and store Aadhaar numbers, the UIDAI has introduced the concept of a virtual ID, which an Aadhaar holder can use in lieu of his/her Aadhaar number at the time of authentication, besides sharing of ‘limited KYC’ with certain agencies.
  • A Virtual ID (VID) will be a temporary 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number. There can only be one active and valid VID for an Aadhaar number at any given time and it will not be possible to derive the Aadhaar number from VID, the circular said.

 

 

Highlights Of The Development-

  • The VID authentication will be similar to using Aadhaar numbers. However, since a VID is temporary, agencies will not be able to use it for de-duplication.
  • Only the Aadhaar holder will be able to generate a VID and no other entity, including authentication user agencies (AUAs), can do it on their behalf. While VID allows Aadhaar number holders to avoid sharing Aadhaar number, storage of Aadhaar number within various databases also needs to be further regulated, the circular said.
  • To address the issue, the UIDAI has brought in the concept of limited KYC. It has categorised its AUAs into Global AUAs and Local AUAs wherein the latter will get access to only need-based or limited KYC details.
  • AUAs, which by law are required to use Aadhaar number in their KYCs, will be categorised as Global AUAs and have access to Full e-KYC and the ability to store Aadhaar numbers within their system.
  • Once storage of Aadhaar number is restricted and since VID is temporary, agencies need a mechanism to uniquely identify their customers within their system, the circular said. For this, a 72 character alphanumeric ‘UID Token’ will be generated for “system use”.
  • UID token allows an agency to ensure uniqueness of its beneficiaries, customers etc. without having to store Aadhaar number in their databases, the notification stated.

Sources- The Hindu.